Fuel costs double for county road department
More than $57,000 was spent by Marion County for fuel — double what it was a year ago at this time.
The "low" bids of an average of $3.94 per gallon for area diesel fuel and $4.06 per gallon for transport diesel and $3.75 for unleaded fuel were approved by the commission for Cardie Oil Company of Tampa.
The bids were an average of $3.94 per gallon for 6,550 gallons of diesel fuel for a total of $25,826 from Cardie Oil Company, and $3.97 per gallon for 6,550 gallons of diesel fuel for a total of $26,023 from Cooperative Grain & Supply of Hillsboro.
Transport fuel bids were an average of $4.06 per gallon for 5,500 gallons of diesel fuel and $3.749 per gallon for 2,500 gallons of unleaded fuel for a total of $32,139 from Cardie Oil Company, and $4.07 per gallon for 5,500 gallons of diesel and $3.73 per gallon for 2,500 gallons of unleaded fuel for a total of $32,189 from Cooperative Grain and Supply of Hillsboro.
In other business:
— The commission signed an addendum to the annual designation of the county's official depository for county funds. Todd Heitschmidt of Central National Bank, Marion, asked the commission to sign the addendum.
— Linda Peters of Bethesda Homes of Goessel, was appointed by the commission to represent Senior Citizens of Marion County, Inc. on a Kansas Department of Transportation committee.
— Marion County Sheriff Deputy Matt Vogt received a monthly pay increase from $2,394 to $2,494 for completing K-9 training. Marion County Undersheriff Randal Brazil also received a pay increase to bring his salary to at least the 88 percent median income range. His monthly pay increased from $2,985 to $3,045.
— Following a five-minute executive session for personnel between appraiser Cindy Magill and the commission, the commission approved a 30-day extension for Marsha Welch to use 36 hours of vacation.
— Sales taxes paid in April, collected in May, and distributed in June continued to be on the high side with $46,326 collected. This was the most collected in April since the clerk's office began tracking the tax in 2001.
— Schmidt requested and received a five-minute executive session for personnel. The meeting reconvened with no action taken.
— County clerk Carol Maggard requested and received a 10-minute executive session to discuss personnel. The meeting reconvened with no decisions.
The next commission meeting is at 9 a.m. Monday at the courthouse.